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Knowing adversary key to good cyberdefense, say experts

John P. Mello | July 10, 2013
Best protection depends on walking a mile in hacker's shoes.

"Assessing the theater of operation from their perspective rather than limiting it to your own can provide tremendous insights," the report said. "How an attack against your organization will materialize is directly related to the attacker's motivations."

"An attack can be viewed in different ways based on the motivations of the attacker," it continued. "If you understand what you are looking for, you will be able to tailor your defenses."

Tailoring defenses can be very important for budget-conscious security pros. "I have yet to meet anyone with too many resources so allocating these scarce resources in the most efficient way is very important," HP intelligence analyst Jason Lancaster said.

"Simply making those decisions based on audit findings and compliance requirements may not be enough," Lancaster added.


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